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I have a volume in AFS format, in which the encodings are quite messed up. ASCII, Latin-1, ISO-8859-1 and UTF-8 all co-exist and it is more or less arbitrary which format is used. Some files are saved in one encoding, and other files in the same directory are in another, etc...

Is there any clean way in which I can convert the entire tree, starting at a specified root folder and walking recursively, to UTF-8?

The tree is very large, making a manual inspect-and-act solution impossible; I have to do this with a recursive scripting solution.

I'm connecting to the file system over ssh, if that matters.

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I don't know - maybe it doesn't. But a lot of other things are different on this system compared to what I'm used to from Ubuntu (rights management, for example), so I included the information in case it was relevant. –  Tomas Lycken Jan 22 '12 at 13:55
@Rinzwind: Just noticed that the title was misleading, though. Fixed that. –  Tomas Lycken Jan 22 '12 at 13:55
you can convert with iconv by the way so all you need is a bash script traversing directories and issueing the command. –  Rinzwind Jan 22 '12 at 14:01
@Rinzwind get off the couch and make him an answer! –  Alvar Jan 22 '12 at 14:09
This question appears to be abandoned and unanswered, are you still looking for an answer? If this question no longer applies then you can either delete it or answer it yourself if you've solved the problem. Thanks! –  Eric Carvalho Apr 1 '13 at 1:45
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closed as too localized by Eric Carvalho, Kevin Bowen, Eliah Kagan, vasa1, Seth Apr 2 '13 at 3:20

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